Concert An Evening of Songs

Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter © Getty Images

Wed, 02/15/2017

Goethe-Institut Boston

170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter

with Emily Marvosh, contralto & Tanya Blaich, piano

Eventbrite - An Evening of Songs

Emily Marvosh and Tanya Blaich perform songs inspired by the relationship between Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter. In 1946, the British contralto Kathleen Ferrier and the eminent German conductor Bruno Walter met at a dinner party. Their friendship and collaboration continued until her early death in 1953; their performances helped bring the music of Gustav Mahler, in particular, to wider audiences worldwide. This recital is modeled on their famous Edinburgh Festival performances with Walter at the keyboard; similar recitals were also performed on American tours in 1948 and 1949. Anecdotes about Kathleen and Bruno as well as excerpts from their letters and writings will be interspersed between songs.

Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)
  • An die Leier              
  • Suleika I
  • Suleika II
  •  Der Tod und das Mädchen
  • Lachen und Weinen
  • Wandrers Nachtlied
Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)
  • Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
  • Ich wandte mich, und sahe an
  • O Tod, wie bitter bist du
  • Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelsungen 
Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911)
  • Ich atmet einen Lindenduft
  • Ich bin die Welt abhanden gekommen
Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)
  • Silent Noon
  • Blow the wind southerly
Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
  • Down by the Salley Gardens
Shaker tunes    
Rorem, Ned (from Songs of Love and Rain) (b. 1923)
  • Interlude

Emily Marvosh © Diana K. Hunt Emily Marvosh
American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “sterling voice,” and “graceful allure,” on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, Prague’s Smetana Hall, and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society. Other recent solo appearances include the Charlotte Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Pro Musica , Music Worcester, L’academie, Back Bay Chorale, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe and the American Bach Soloists. Awards include the prestigious Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival and the American Prize in the Oratorio and Art Song divisions (2013) and second place in the New England Regional NATSAA competition (2014). Upcoming performances include the Orchestra of Indian Hill, the Phoenix Symphony and a European tour of Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Chorus of Westerly.

Tanya Blaich © Tanya Blaich Tanya Blaich
Tanya Blaich is widely respected as a pianist and teacher with particular sensitivity and expertise in the song and collaborative piano repertoire. A faculty member of New England Conservatory's collaborative piano and voice departments, Blaich is co-coordinator of the Liederabend Series at NEC and directed the Undergraduate Opera Studio. As a guest artist she has given classes at Dickinson and Dartmouth colleges, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at Brandeis, Columbia and Notre Dame Universities. In addition to her collaborations with singers, Blaich has performed as a chamber music partner to members of the Colorado, Lydian and Miro String Quartets. Recent highlights include an American art song set with Thomas Hampson for the induction ceremony of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an art song recital with Paula Murrihy in her native Ireland. Blaich has also served as a coach and rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.